2. Be Proactive.


  • This is more than taking initiative.

It is accepting responsibility for our own behaviour (past, present, and future) and

making choices based on principles and values,

rather than on moods or circumstances.


  • Proactive people are agents of change

and choose not to be victims, to be reactive, or to blame others.

They do this by developing and using

four unique human gifts –



imagination, and

independent will.





  • Proactive people take an Inside-Outside Approach

to creating change.

They resolve to be the creative force

in their own lives,

which is the most fundamental decision

anyone ever makes.


  • Be a self-starter.

Let your first hour set the theme of

success and positive action

that is certain to echo through your entire day.

Today will never happen again.

Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.

You were not born to fail.


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese Proverb

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“Having the world’s best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.”

Curtis Grant



“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Civil rights leader
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“Backbone beats wishbone every time.”

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You never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

Irish proverb

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